Skin tags are small, benign growths. Called acrochordon, they’re typically soft, painless, and may look like a bulb on top of a stem. These growths are very common, and almost everyone gets at least one at some point in their lives.
Skin tags are usually harmless, and you may develop one or hundreds. While they can be found just about anywhere on the body, they’re most likely to appear on your:
Skin tags appear with equal frequency in men and women, and they are more common among middle-aged adults and those who are obese.
In most cases, it isn’t medically necessary to have skin tags removed. But there are certain times when it’s recommended. Dr. Bushore may advise a removal and biopsy if your skin tag:
Continues to grow
Dr. Bushore can also remove your skin tag if it’s bothersome, has become red or irritated, gets snagged on zippers or buttons, or makes you feel self-conscious.
When you see Dr. Bushore for skin tag removal, he may administer a local anesthetic, depending on the number of skin tags you’re having removed. Because he uses lidocaine, there’s no need to fast before the procedure, and you’re still able to drive yourself home.
Once the area is numb, Dr. Bushore may use one of the following methods to remove your skin tags:
Cutting with scissors or scalpel
Freezing with liquid nitrogen
Burning with electric cautery
If you’re ready to have your skin tags removed, contact Balcones Dermatology and Aesthetics today. You can call to schedule your appointment or book online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!